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Dan Gillmor video is live

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Dan Gillmor - Chapel Hill 2006
Dan Gillmor‘s talk “We the (Traditional) Media: From Lecture to Conversation” given here on November 13 is now live at the ibiblio speaker site and for download as a torrent from the ibiblio torrent site.

60s Student Protests in Chapel Hill

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ae alerts us to an exhibit and a series of events called “I Raised my Hand to Volunteer: Students Protest in 1960s Chapel Hill” beginning on January 23 with all but the ultimate event in Wilson Library — that last event will be at the Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, Seminar Room.

Scheduled events include:

Will It Blend?

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Ken is hoping that he’s been a good boy so that Santa will bring him the blender featured on Don’t Try This @ Home at the WillItBlend site.

I can think of many more things to blend now that I’ve been watching these amazing videos.

Ideas of Karsarda and Galinsky (and others)

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A is for Aerotropolis — or at least that newish word is the first entry in this year’s Ideas edition of the New York Times Magazine. UNC’s John Karsarda big idea (as well described here in a recent Fast Company article) that airports are the future of cities. Desirable and economic engines of the future that should be the center of our development; not noisy dangerous annoyances best placed on the distance edges and treated like a warehouse district.

As described here earlier, Adam Galinsky gets well deserved credit for discovering a secret of auction success – starting low price leads to selling at a high price in the same issue of the Magazine under the title (the titles are in alphabetical order) “Low Starting Prices Lead to High Auction Sales”.

Overall a great collection of ideas and a good read.

Jaron Lanier crabs about mobocracy in wikipedia calling it an example of Digital Maoism and warning about collectivism in the market place of ideas — no Hayakian, he.

Monkeysphere surpassable?

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Monkeysphere
Robin Dunbar proposed and some say proved that there is a physical limit to the number of individuals with whom any single person can have a stable relationship.

That number is 150 (actually 147.8). But wait there’s more.

Looking at behavior of chimps, Dumbar noticed that the “chimps belong to social groups comprising about 50 individuals, but they have only two or three grooming partners.”

Then using the same neocortex measurements and ratios on humans, Dunbar calculated the magic numbers for humans.

“The results were… ~150 for social group size, and ~12 for the more intimate clique size” [or grooming size].

So much for Top 8.

Can online social networks extend the monkeysphere in the same way writing as expanded memory?

That is, do online networks allow an individual to manage and groom relationships of a greater order?

How is this accomplished?

SSS blogged and wikied

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the Social Software Symposium wiki is being updated and annotated by a bunch of UNC folks and David Weinberger has been blogging on his blog here, here and here.

Thomas Vander Wal at SSS

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The guy who coined the term “folksonomy” Thomas Vander Wal is speaking now. His blogs are Personal Infocloud and Off the Top (at vanderwal.net).

Are tags always nouns or adjectives?

Weinberger and SSS

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Yesterday at the great talk by David Weinberger yesterday; it’ll be online as at the ibiblio speakers page soon. Now at the Social Software Symposium and later out to NCREN for their Community Day.


Dave W’s introductory remarks at the SSS are here on his blog.

Simon has an MP3 audio of David Weinberger’s talk here.

Hard Rock goes to the Indians

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Err. Make that Native Americans. Specifically the Seminole tribe of Florida (the only tribe/nation not officially at peace with the USA).

At any rate, the wars continue. The unconquered and unconquerable Seminoles, who are very big in gambling, have bought the Hard Rock Cafe chain (reports BBC). This purchase puts the Seminole footprint in over 45 other nations (ones that have HRCs).

0/0 = BBC Story and lots of comments

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BBC has a feature on Dr. James Anderson’s solution to the dividing by zero problem in math. The story is one of definitions in large part, but the number of comments engendered by the story and the debate contained in those comments is a story in itself. Yes, Anderson participates too.

Great read. Especially if you don’t stop at the story but get into the comments.

danah boyd on “Friends, friendsters, and top 8″ in First Monday

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Reminding myself and telling you to read the just posted First Monday article by danah boyd, “Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites.”

Word of the Day – TransFatWa

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Discovered or possibly imagined by David Harrison, a unrediscoverable headline reading “New York TransFatWa.” As in “New York City health authorities voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the use of artificial cooking oils, known as trans fats, in the city’s eateries [actual wording in NewScientist]; in doing so they have declared a TransFatWa [imagined portion with great new word].

David Weinberger – Tomorrow at 2 pm in Murphey

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Dave Weinberger
I get to welcome Dr. Weinberger to SILS and to UNC before his Henderson Lecture here on Thursday December 7 at 2 pm. I believe that Fred will to the introduction. I’m standing in for our Dean who has a conflict.

The best part is that I get to invite everyone to a reception at the end of the talk. You have to come to the talk to learn the location of the reception.

NCREN Community Day – Friday

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I’ve been building my brief talk (30 minutes is brief if you are me) for NCREN Community Day (Friday!). The slides/notes/pages/links for the talk are on my wiki (your comments, suggestions and additions are welcome as usual).

One interesting thing to see is the impact of ibiblio on the NCREN National Lambda Rail link to Atlanta since July 1 (bottom of the page).

Carrboro Commons goes live

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J-school colleague Jock Lauterer alerts us to the new Carrboro online/offline news — the Carrboro Commons. The Commons is a lab production, completely with cracking electronics and bubbling liquids I suppose, of Jock’s Community Journalism classes.

He writes: “A 12-page tab print version will be out later this week. Then next month, the Web-based Carrboro Commons will be released every other week throughout the semester. Once we have the user registration system set up, folks will be able to sign in and comment about individual stories.”

Dean Griffiths on NC Peeps site

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In case you missed it as I did the Bill Friday interview with Dean Jose-marie Griffiths is now posted at the North Carolina People site and it’s available as a podcast too. [iPod] or [MP3]

OpenID in SlashDot

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Fred and ClaimID have been big in promoting OpenID. Now there is a Slashdot article and discussion open with over 175 comments when I last checked.

Kathy Sierra on “How to Build a User Community – Part 1″

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Kathy Sierra gives good insights on building User Communities over on “Creating Passionate Users.” Definitely New-you-can-use.

One, of the many, take-aways: Encourage users with intermediate skills to be answerers of inquiries; not just expertly skilled users. How to do this? Kathy outlines strategies in her article and her commenters expand on those from Kathy. Much on motorcycle support vs tech support ;->

Cool News from McConville, Tyson and Newton

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David McConville is back from Sao Paolo where he attended the Planetary Collegium. He sends a link that describes what’s doing on at the Collegium — it’s in Flash so I can’t link within the pages well… David and his dome will be at the AGU Meetings next week.

As Sally and a lot of other places have noticed, Tim Tyson was just awarded the 2007 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, Blood Done Sign My Name. Speaking of names, the Grawemeyer folks manage to credit Tim “Dyson” a couple of times at their website, but the prize of $200,000 will make up for that I’m sure.

Michael Newton was just awarded The NLS Saltire Research Book of the Year for the best book covering aspects of Scottish life: arts, education, history, science, etc. for his Dùthchas Nan Gàidheal: Selected Essays of John MacInnes.

John Price Wilkin on InfoWorld podcast

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John Price Wilkin of the University of Michigan Libraries talks about digitizing libraries from the Michigan view point including the beginnings of JSTOR (1994 and beyond), the Making of American grant (with Cornell) as the start of the Digital Library Federation, the Michigan Digitization Project with Google, and the Distributed Proofreaders Project with Project Gutenberg with Jon Udell of InfoWorld in Jon’s podcast.

[Disclosers: ibiblio hosts Project Gutenberg. John P. Wilkin is a member of the Louis Round Wilson Knowledge Trust.]